HINTON- On Monday, December 4, Hinton residents will have a new way to help their neighbors. REACHH Family Resource Center will be installing a Little Free Pantry at their location on 411 Temple Street in Hinton. The Pantry grew from the “Stand Up for Kindness” Week activities that took place the week of October 13-21. Stand Up for Kindness was the brain child of several members of the Summers County Huddle. One of the many activities that week was a food drive to provide some extra food to folks in the community. Out of that distribution, the group decided to make food available year round. The concept is simple: Anyone may place and take items inside the pantry at any time — and that’s it. Shalom Tazewell, one of the leaders in the Summers County Huddle said, “the food pantry was one on the activities organized by the Stand Up for Kindness Coalition, a group of individuals representing local businesses, the faith community, REACHH-FRC, the Summers County Huddle, local government and AmeriCorps Volunteer. The Coalition provides residents with opportunities to demonstrate the core values of a community—kindness and compassion and respect for others—should guide our lives and interactions with each other”
The donation box will be available to anyone who needs a snack, food or personal items, to tide them over. Because the pantry is located outside, in front of REACHH, families will have access to it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since the box is also in close proximity to Summers County Middle School, we also will stock it with supplies and other goodies for kids.
REACHH staff will keep the shelves stocked with donated canned fruit, vegetable, meats, cereals, soups, peanut butter, crackers and snacks. Community members are encouraged to take what they need, but to also consider their neighbors who also might require some help. Also, anyone can donate food by simply opening the door of the cabinet and adding their own contributions. REACHH and Huddle members are excited also for the opportunity for neighbors to share their garden bounty. Garden grown surplus fresh fruits and vegetables can be shared as well.
The Pantry itself was built and donated by Michael Sizemore of Athens. “Giving back every chance you get is important. I also hope that it will inspire others to do something for their community as well.” As an artist, Sizemore works primarily with metal. He said that he was excited to have the opportunity to try out some of your carpentry skills.
For more information about the Little Free Pantry in Hinton, please call REACHH at 304-466-2226.